Taking steps forward towards the vision of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, the Government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the PLI Scheme for Automobile Industry and Drone Industry with a budgetary outlay of ₹ 26,058 crores. The PLI scheme for the auto sector will incentivize high-value Advanced Automotive Technology vehicles and products. It will herald a new age in higher technology, more efficient and green automotive manufacturing.
PLI Scheme for Automobile Industry and Drone Industry is part of the overall announcement of PLI Schemes for 13 sectors made earlier during the Union Budget 2021-22, with an outlay of ₹ 1.97 lakh crore. With the announcement of PLI Schemes for 13 sectors, the minimum additional production in India is expected to be around ₹ 37.5 lakh crore over five years, and the minimum expected additional employment over five years is nearly one crore.
The PLI Scheme for the auto sector envisages overcoming the cost disabilities to the industry for manufacturing Advanced Automotive Technology products in India. The incentive structure will encourage the industry to make fresh investments for the indigenous global supply chain of Advanced Automotive Technology products. It is estimated that over five years, the PLI Scheme for Automobile and Auto Components Industry will lead to a fresh investment of over ₹42,500 crores, incremental production of over ₹2.3 lakh crore will create additional employment opportunities of over 7.5 lakh jobs. Further, this will increase India’s share in the global automotive trade.
The PLI Scheme for the auto sector is open to existing automotive companies as well as new investors who are currently not in the automobile or auto component manufacturing business. The scheme has two components viz Champion OEM Incentive Scheme and Component Champion Incentive Scheme. The Champion OEM Incentive scheme is a ‘sales value linked’ scheme, applicable to all Battery Electric Vehicles and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles segments. The Component Champion Incentive scheme is a ‘sales value linked’ scheme, applicable on Advanced Automotive Technology components of vehicles, Completely Knocked Down (CKD)/ Semi Knocked Down (SKD) kits, Vehicle aggregates of 2-Wheelers, 3-Wheelers, passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles and tractors etc.
This PLI Scheme for the automotive sector, along with the already launched PLI scheme for Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) (₹18,100 crores) and Faster Adaption of Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) (₹10,000 crores), will enable India to leapfrog from traditional fossil fuel-based automobile transportation system to environmentally cleaner, sustainable, advanced and more efficient Electric Vehicles (EV) based system.
The PLI Scheme for the Drones and Drone components industry addresses this revolutionary technology's strategic, tactical, and operational uses. A product-specific PLI scheme for drones with clear revenue targets and a focus on domestic value addition is key to building capacity and making these key drivers of India’s growth strategy. The PLI for the Drones and Drone components industry will, over three years, lead to investments worth ₹ 5,000 Crore, an increase in eligible sales of ₹ 1500 crore and create additional employment of about 10,000 jobs.